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Amy Andres

Director and Head, Collection Management, VCUQatar

Assistant Professor
VCUQatar Library

VCUQatar Library, Room 106-Q

A long way from her native California, Amy Andres makes her home in Doha where she serves as the Director of Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.  She received a B.A. in Art and Design and a M.A. in Art History from California State University, Fresno.  She also has an M.L.S. from University College London and is working on a doctoral degree at University of Reading, Henley School of Business.  Her current research focuses on professional identity and institutional effectiveness within higher education.

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  • Candidate: Ph.D. Business Administration, Henley School of Business
    • Dissertation topic (working): Perception and professional identity of academic library administrators
  • M.L.I.S. Library and Information Studies, University College London, 2000
  • M.A. Art History, California State University-Fresno, 1998
  • B.A. Art and Design, California State University-Fresno, 1991

Previous professional experience

  • Director of Libraries, VCU, Qatar, July 2016 – present
  • Interim Director of Libraries, VCU, Qatar, February 2015 – June 2016
  • Head of Collection Management, VCU, Qatar, August 2013 – January 2015
  • Director of Libraries, Learning Resource Center, College of the Sequoias, 2012 –2013
  • Research Librarian, Higher Colleges of Technology, 2011 – 2012
  • Library Manager, Center for Medical Education and Research, University of California-San Francisco, 2006-2011
  • Head of Library Instructional Services and Outreach Services, California State University, Stanislaus, 2002 – 2006
  • Assistant Librarian, California State University-Fresno, 2000-2002
  • Library Assistant, British Library, 1999-2000
  • Library Assistant, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 1999-2000

Teaching experience

  • College of the Sequoias
    • Art 001: Art Appreciation
    • Art History002: Prehistory-Gothic
    • Art History 003: Renaissance-Contemporary
    • LIBR 101: College Research Strategies
    • LIBR 102: Information Resources
  • State Center College District
    • Art 2: Art Appreciation
    • Art 3: 2-Dimensional Art and Design
    • Art History 5: Prehistory-Gothic
    • Art History 6: Renaissance-Contemporary
  • California State University-Stanislaus
    • Art History 2525: Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
    • HONS 3500: Information Literacy 
    • MDIS 1200: Information Literacy

Selected publications

  • Himsworth, R., Andres, A., Weber, A., & Scott, S. (2016). Art and medicine: A collaborative project between Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar [course and exhibition catalog].  Virginia Commonwealth University: Doha, Qatar.
  • Andres, A. (2014). From Leipzig to London: The life and work of the émigré artist Hellmuth Weissenborn [book review]Information and Culture: A Journal of History.
  • Clay, J. & Andres, A. (2013). What is the best ambulatory treatment for a patient with acute prostatitis? Clinical query: 5403. Family Physicians Inquiries Network.
  • Wilbert, B., Muhundro, B.L., Shaw, V., Andres, A. (2011). Appetite suppressants as adjuncts for weight loss. American Family Physician, 83(7), 1-2.
  • Dinscore, A. & Andres, A. (2010). Surgical videos online: A survey of prominent sources and future trends. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(1), 10-27.
  • Andres, A. (2006). Review of: Greek civilization through the eyes of travellers and scholars: The library of Dimitris Contominas. Libraries & the Cultural Record, 41(4), 523-524.
  • Young, N. & Andres, A. (2006). From small step to giant leap in research ability. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 9(2), 104-108.
  • Andres, A. (2005). Visual creativity and brain lateralization: An annotated bibliographyLeonardoArt, Science, and Technology37(1).
  • Andres, A. (2004). Infinite variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library [book review]. Libraries & Culture, 39(3), 330-332.

Selected presentations

  • Weber, A., Andres, A., Himsworth, R., Scott, S., Hwang, M., Turjoman, R., Malick, F. (2016). Art and Medicine Student Interdisciplinary Learning in the Middle East. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Heidelberg, Germany, September 7-10, 2016.
  • Andres, A. (2016, July). Perception and Identity: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between University Administrators and University Librarians in Tier1 Institutions. Presentation at the University of Reading Annual Research Colloquium. Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom.
  • Andres, A. (2016, February). STEAM curriculum in an Islamic context: A case study from Qatar. Paper (and panel participant) at Liberal Arts International Conference (Texas A&M). Doha, Qatar.
  • Weber, A., Scott, S., Andres, A., Himsworth, R. (December 2015). An art and medicine experiential learning laboratory in the Middle East to measure interdisciplinary problem-solving. Malta Medical School Conference. Malta.
  • Andres, A. (2015, March).  Art + medicine + library: Enhancing student creativity through interdisciplinary collaboration. Poster session presented at the Association for College and Research Libraries Annual Conference.  Portland, Oregon.
  • Andres, A. (2015, March).  The case study of an arts librarian in a medical school. Poster session presented at the Art Libraries Society of North American Annual conference. Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Andres, A. (2014, May). Not guilty by reason of insanity:  Monomania, creativity, and the art of Jonathan Martin.  Presentation for The Visual Image, Medical Humanities Conference, Galveston, Texas.
  • Andres, A. (2014, March). Does the picture speak for itself? The documentary versus the aesthetic nature of Victorian medical photography.  Presentation to the Qatar Faculty Forum at Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar.
  • Andres, A. (2011, September). Evidence-based medicine from the Epic EHR in 5 minutes or less: An implementation plan for integration.  Invited presentation for the medical librarians of the Library Association of the University of California Annual Meeting, Irvine, California.
  • Newell, P., & Andres, A. (2011, February).  Copyright and social media: Considerations for librarians. Presentation at the Heartland Regional Library Network. Visalia, California.
  • Andres, A. (2010, August).  Why not Google it?  Improved use of Google for clinical inquiries. Invited presentation for the Library Association of the University of California Annual Meeting. Davis, California.
  • Wilson, E., & Andres, A. (2009, February).  Risk of injury in the peasant paintings of Jean-François Millet. Presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada.  
  • Andres, A. (2008, September). GI treatments represented in the medical manuscripts of Rajah Serfoji II.  Invited presentation to the Valley Gut Club, University of San Francisco-Fresno. Fresno, California.
  • Andres, A. (2008). Cranial trepanation: A historical and cultural overview. Poster session presented at the Joint Meeting of the Northern California Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.


  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, VCU, Qatar, 2015
  • Exceptional Service Award (Bear Award), UC San Francisco-Fresno, 2009
  • International Professional Development Scholarship to Mexico, CSU Stanislaus, 2005
  • Research, Scholarships, & Creative Activities Grant, CSU Stanislaus, 2003
  • Study Grant to Armenia, American University of Armenia, Papazian Library, 2001
  • Outstanding Thesis Award, California State University, Fresno, 1999
  • Group Study Exchange Award to India, Rotary Foundation, 1999
  • Scholarship Recipient, American Association of University Women, 1998

Professional organizations

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Art Libraries Society of North America
  • Librarians Without Borders
  • Medical Library Association
  • Teachers of English Speakers to Other Languages 

Research interests

  • History of medicine
  • Medical humanities
    • Representation/symbolism of illness and medicine in art
    • Intersection of art and science
  • Academic library directors (roles, characteristics, perceived institutional effectiveness)

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